The other part of the day that the elephants look forward to apart from eating is bathing. despite it being “winter” at that time of the year, it was still relatively hot during the day and the elephants appreciate a dip in the river like any other animal. since there’s only one river, each herd had to take its turn to use the baths. We were all given buckets and hard bristle brushes and we marched to the river after the elephants.
I HAZ BUCKETZ!
The wooden walkways extended all the way to the river so we waited above ground while the mahouts walked their charges to the river in a row.
The beautiful elephants set against the wonderful backdrop of nature.
Okay I don’t remember all the elephants’ names and I can’t really tell them apart. But i remember these 2 old ladies of the camp coz their story warmed the cockles of my heart. This is Mae Tee (the one with the weak ankles) and Mae Kham Paan. or maybe it’s Mae Khum Kaew, another old lady in the park. anyway these 2 elephants are very cute. according to the guide, one of the female elephants is very shy and her friend is very protective of her. she will wait for her shy friend wherever she goes, and if any elephant from another herd dares come too close, she’d trumpet a warning and chase off the other elephant so they won’t bother her shy friend. I actually saw it happen that day and i was thoroughly amused and touched to see such a close friendship exist among elephants.
my heart breaks to see her hind legs wobble like that but the guides reassured us she’s not in any pain.
so we all marched into the river and started scooping the water with the buckets and throwing it onto the thick hide of the elephants. they probably can do it themselves with their trunks but they don’t mind a little extra help from us. it also helps us bond a little better with these elephants.
possible pooping action.
with so many volunteers crawling over the elephants and giving them all the attention they deserve, I decided to scrub her ass with the brush as part of her spa treatment.
after the scrub treatment, the elephants had free use of the spa facilities which included dunking in the relaxation pool or simply play in the cold water jacuzzi.
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